If you have read my post about why I needed a folding bike (you can check it out here) it will come of no surprise that I have now gone and pulled the trigger, and got myself a folding electric bike.
I usually spend hours and hours researching, reading professional reviews, reading user reviews etc. before spending my hard earned money on a large purchase, but this time there was no need and I knew exactly which folding bike to buy.
My current electric bike, and one I am very happy with, is a Wisper 905 Torque and since Wisper also make a folding electric bike, the 806, this was top of the list. In fact, the Wisper 806 was the only bike on the list, until I had actually gone to the local bike shop to have a look at one of course.
This may seem a little short sighted on my part, but I am now familiar with the Wisper brand. I know that Wisper bikes are built to a high standard and durable, I know Wisper bikes have a nice finish and are not just thrown together, I know what Wisper bikes are like to ride, I know how safe Wisper bikes are and, most importantly, I like Wisper electric bikes.
There are two models in the Wisper 806 line up, and these are the SE and Torque variants, and this is the same across all Wisper electric bikes. When I was looking at the Wisper 905 I test rode both the SE and Torque models, so I know what the differences are. I chose the 905 with the Torque motor because it was more responsive, it pulled better, it seemed easier (but this could just have been my perception) and the Torque model had a few more extras on it.
Based on my experience with test riding the 905 SE and the 905 Torque, I knew that if I bought a Wisper 806 it would be the Torque model. Test riding the Wisper 806 SE would not only waste my time, but also waste the bike shop owner’s time so I arranged to test ride the Torque model only.
From first sight it is easy to see the Wisper 806 Torque is a quality bike. Some folding bikes look like a cheap and nasty rip off of a top end brand, but the Wisper 806 is not like this. The frame looks well made, tough and durable. All of the components are quality brands (such as Shimano), securely attached and work. The overall package simply looks, and feels like a high quality package.
Test riding the Wisper 806 Torque confirmed all of my assumptions. The 806 was comfortable and felt “nice” to ride. The Torque motor was powerful, responsive and easily pulled me up the hills. The gearing ratio was natural and there was a definite “clunk” as the chain moved up (or down) to the next gear. The brakes were strong, responsive and offered plenty of stopping power. Above all, the short test ride confirmed the Wisper 806 Torque is fun to ride, which I think is one of the most important aspects of cycling.
After looking around the Wisper 806 Torque, making sure it would fold up small enough to fit in the motor home, and then taking it for a test ride I immediately got out the credit card (and melted it – the Wiper 806 Torque isn’t particularly cheap!), loaded it in the car, got it home and put it in the garage next to my 905 Torque ready for its first ride out.
A relatively new eBike owner and loving the experience – I really wish I had bought an electric bike before